Lois Lowry's "The Giver," is a story that truly moved me growing up. The book takes place in a society where all pain and suffering have been eradicated - a seemingly wonderful thought which has in turn, led to the death of human emotion. Only one man—the Giver—has access to the joys and pains of humanity’s past experience. He is dying. He is looking for a successor to carry this strange burden.
Like all great novels, the Giver calls into question all the things we take for granted about our own world: music, color, human connection, the love of a parent for a child, the ability to make our own decisions. What are we without these? How different are those who have access to these gorgeous painful realities from those of us who don’t know how or refuse to see them?
The Giver created a vivid and haunting world without color, without passion, without connection, a world so visual that I can still picture it, tree for tree, 15 years later.
And the best part? The Giver is the first in a trilogy - followed by "Gathering Blue" and "The Messenger." I'd recommend all three to anyone looking for an eye opening experience. These books will truly change the way you look at the world.
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